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Brazil port workers set for one-day strike

Brazil’s ports face nationwide industrial action on Wednesday with unionized workers planning a 24-hour stoppage, according to Reuters.

The union’s demands were not specified but the planned strike was confirmed by the Williams Shipping Agency Network, which has offices in 18 ports around the country.

The strike is set to start at 7am on Wednesday. It is expected to mostly hamper containerized traffic.

Industrial action has been a frequent recourse by workers in Brazil’s ports.

This past summer customs workers throughout the country enacted slowdowns on Tuesdays and Thursdays to press national President Michel Temer to honour pay rises that were promised by his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Apart from hampering the processing of containers, the slowdowns delayed the collection of export data.

In July dockworkers at the Port of Santos took industrial action to demand a 10 per cent payrise and in protest at the extent to which terminal operators were using casual labour.

In March a wildcat strike by stevedores at the same port disrupted activity at four terminals for 12 hours.

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With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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